Daini Seikosha: The Other Seiko Factory
Seiko is quite possibly the most notable brands in the watch world, and their fantastic inventory of vintage models have enraptured gatherers for quite a long time. It’s no mysterious that I’m one of the dazzled (I own a 6139-6005 and a 6138 “John Player Special” , both from July ’76), however like numerous Seiko fans, for quite a while I was truly just getting half of the story. When looking back on the absolute most mainstream vintage Seikos; like the 6105, 6139 Pogue, the early Grand Seikos, a common subject arises. Essentially the subject of development, yet another common string. These models, alongside the staggering load of the Seiko gatherer culture, come from Seiko’s Suwa auxiliary. There is, nonetheless, another free auxiliary with altogether interesting plans that are frequently disregarded in the gatherer market: Daini.
Suwa Seikosha and Daini Seikosha became separate elements in 1959 to advance competition and improving item for the all-encompassing Seiko brand, and the outcomes are obvious to see. The interdepartmental rivalry took Seiko from a Japanese additionally raced to the bleeding edge of horological advancement, competing with, and regularly beating, all that the Swiss could offer. Seiko accomplished this by making the two divisions, Suwa and Daini, completely autonomous of one another, not sharing parts, developments, or any plan data. This constrained the two divisions to each adopt their own strategy to the horological difficulties of the day, and keeping in mind that the Suwa arrangements are for the most part better recalled, Daini’s contributions are regularly just as fit and interesting.
For model, in 1964, Seiko was already well on its approach to being one of the world’s most prominent watch producers. The brand had already brought its initial attack into the device jumper market with the fruitful 62mas, and was looking to extend its offer in the extravagance watch market. By this point, Suwa had already presented the now-unbelievable Grand Seiko line, and keeping in mind that the early Grand Seikos were alluring plans with fine types, Seiko needed to lead the market in exactness, and stretch past existing Swiss chronometer ratings.
Daini addressed the call by refreshing it existing King Seiko line with the exclusive Caliber 45 development, a genuine 36,000 beat each hour hello beat development. Simultaneously, Suwa refreshed its own Grand Seikos to a greetings beat development, and for quite a while the King Seiko/Grand Seiko partition advanced the two lines, each pushing the other to improve quality, dependability, plan and finish. The competition proceeded with all the way into the mid 80’s, so, all things considered the two lines were delivering Seiko King Quartz and Grand Quartz pieces, separately. The King Seiko line has its own continuing in the vintage Seiko community, be that as it may, and is for the most part the most popular of Daini’s commitments to the Seiko item line.
The next model, in any case, is undeniably more overlooked. While Suwa’s 6139 is appropriately cherished and associated with being one of the first (and ostensibly the absolute first) programmed chronographs on the planet, Daini was not a long ways behind with its own completely independent plan. At a moment that practically all significant Swiss producers were utilizing two developments, the Caliber 11 and the El Primero, Seiko themselves had 3. Suwa’s 6139 and later twin-register 6138, and Daini’s failed to remember 7016. The 7016 arrived at the market two years after the fact than the 6139 with a comparative single-register brief format, alongside comparable day/date complication, yet the two plans shared no components, and the 7016 has its own distinctive accomplishment-certain models, checked “Time-Sonar”, were the principal programmed chronographs accessible with show backs, something that was an extraordinary extraordinariness for any watch at that point. Likewise, the 7016 line had the absolute most alluring varieties of any early Seiko chronographs, including the square cased 7016-5001 “Seiko Monaco” and the dark and-gold 7016-7001.
These are a couple of the incredible commitments of Daini to the more prominent Seiko line, and the lightning jolt sign of the Daini processing plant, while more uncommon, is one that requests respect.